With the massive change in how we work now and a few health hiccups recently, I have begun walking more and more and have really started to love the time outside. For so many reasons I find it vitally important to get in the fresh air and have some time away from the desk. It is a great way to break the day up, get some exercise, get out in the sun (hopefully) and feel more energised.
Below are my 5 favourite benefits:
- Walking can help you burn calories; it is not just about running or cycling! I have also found that I have needed to keep an eye on what I eat, and when as well.
- Strengthens the heart. Research has highlighted that walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease.
- Boosts your energy. Going for a walk when you are tired may be a more effective energy boost than grabbing a cup of coffee or drinking an energy drink. Walking increases oxygen flow through the body. It can also increase levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine (apparently these are hormones that help elevate energy levels).
- Improves your mood. Walking can help your mental health. It can help with anxiety, depression, and lift your mood. And even more importantly at the moment, it can help reduce symptoms of social withdrawal.
- Creative thinking. Walking can help clear your head and help you think creatively. I often spend time reflecting on work or personal opportunities. Walking clears my head and allows me to think of different ways to approach things.
With the weather improving it’s a great time to lace up your shoes and start putting one foot in front of the other.